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US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 18, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Food, gasoline shortages reported in Bolivian cities

Nov. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of President Evo Morales, who resigned and fled to Mexico after a disputed election and nationwide unrest. Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts...

Libyan officials: Airstrike kills 7 workers in Tripoli

Nov. 18, 2019 7:16 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike slammed into a biscuit factory in Libya’s capital Monday killing at least seven workers, including five foreign nationals and two Libyans, health authorities said, in what the U.N. envoy to Libya said could be a war crime. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting since April...

Pence aide’s testimony renews focus on VP’s Ukraine role

Nov. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — He knew nothing about the Ukrainian backchannel, his aides say. He was unaware of a pull-aside meeting in Ukraine set up by a member of his own delegation, they insist. And he was in the dark about a months-long campaign to push Ukraine’s leader to investigate President Donald...

Attempted cyberattack disrupts Louisiana state government

Nov. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Many of Louisiana’s state government websites and email systems are shut down because of what the governor’s office says is an attempted ransomware attack. The problem Monday disrupted business operations and online services across state agencies. It happened two days...

Time and again, envoy’s Ukraine tale differs from others

Nov. 18, 2019 7:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The witnesses who have testified publicly and privately in the House impeachment inquiry so far have generally told a consistent tale. Then there’s Gordon Sondland. The U.S. ambassador to the European Union has said he cannot recall many of the episodes involving him that other...

UN envoy: Libya peace possible if outside interference ends

Nov. 18, 2019 5:49 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An agreement between Libya’s warring parties to end their conflict is possible, but only if all Libyans reject outside interference, the U.N. envoy for the oil-rich North African nation said Monday. Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that preparations for an international...

AP Exclusive: US officials knew of Ukraine’s Trump anxiety

Nov. 18, 2019 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. State Department officials were informed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden even before the July phone call that has led to impeachment hearings in Washington, two people with...

Closest witnesses kicking off big Trump impeachment week

Nov. 18, 2019 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine witnesses. Five hearings. Three days. The Trump impeachment inquiry is charging into a crucial week as Americans hear from some of the most important witnesses closest to the White House in back-to-back-to-back live sessions. Among them, Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the wealthy donor...

Iran downplays, demonizes protests amid internet shutdown

Nov. 18, 2019 4:56 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Monday alternatively downplayed and demonized ongoing protests across the country that have killed at least five people and renewed pressure on the government as the country struggles under the weight of U.S. economic sanctions. The full scale of the protests,...